History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
The . of has granted <Issued> a writ in the same manner that did, and it is now held in . <as a cudgel over my head.> I was told by the Attorney that the Gov. of had no jurisdiction after the decision of the supreme Court. <and that all writs thus issued were legally dead.> Appeals have been made to , but although he has no plausible excuse, he is not willing to kill that writ or to take it back; I will, therefore advise you to serve them a trick that the devil never did, i e, come away and leave them—come into , pay taxes in , and let them <Iowegians> take their own course. I dont care whether you come away or not. I do not wish to control you, but if you wish for my advise, I would say, let every man as soon as he conveniently can, come over here, for you can live in peace with us; we are all Green Mountain boys; Southerners, Northerners, Westerners, and every other kind of ers, and will treat you well. <and let that know, that we dont like to Be imposed upon—>
In relation to , it has been supposed that I made a great bargain with a certain great man there. A person from them <there> came to me in the beginning of August last, a stranger, and <came to my house,> put on a very long face, and stated that he was in great distress; that he was a stranger in this place, <> and having understood that I was benevolent, he had come to me for help. He said that he was about to lose $1,400 of property <at Sheriff’s sale> for $300 in cash; that he had money in which he expected in two or three days; that the sale would take place the next day, and that he wanted to hire some money for two or three days. I thought of <on> the subject over night, and he came the next morning for an answer. <I did not like the looks of this man but thought I, he is a stranger> I then reflected upon the situation that I had frequently been placed in, and that I had often been a stranger in a strange land, and whenever I had called <asked> for assistance I had obtained it, and it may be that he is an honest man; and if I turn him away I shall be guilty of the sin of ingratitude. I therefore concluded to loan him $200, in good faith, sooner than be guilty of ingratitude. He gave me his note for the same, and said ‘whenever you call on me you shall have the money.’ Soon after, <when> I was taken with a <’s> writ, and <I> asked him for the money, but he answered, ‘I have not got it, <from you ought to have it> but shall have it in a few days.’ He then said, ‘since I saw you, a project has entered my mind, which I think may be profitable both for you and me.’ ‘I propose deeding to you all the property which deeded to you, <I will give you a deed for all the Land you bought of ,> which is twenty thousand acres, you paid the notes and ought to have them, they are in my hands <as his >, and I will give them up.’ ‘I also propose deeding to you, one half of my right to all my land in the , and all I ask is, for you to give your influence to help to build up .’ I answered, ‘I have not asked for your property, I dont want it, and would not give a snap of my finger for it, but I will receive the papers, and if I find it as you say, I will use my influence to build up the place; but I wont give you any thing for the land. I <&> told him I wanted the $200; <which is due me> he went to make the papers <made out the deeds & gave them to me & I got them recorded>, and he gave up the notes except a few. I then said to , if you go there with the brethren, I will give you the property. <but he would not accept it.> I then let the same gentleman have some cloth. <to the amount of 6 or 700 $> He began soon after to tell the brethren what obligations I was under to him. I then wrote him a letter on the subject, and <but> I have since found that he is swindling, and that there is no prospect of getting any thing from him. He is owing <me> about $1100. <&> I thought it my duty to publish his rascality, that the might do the same in that territory, and prevent the brethren from being imposed upon. He has got a writing to the <this> effect, that if he <owned as much as he pretended &> did as he said, I would <give my influence to build up ,> build the place, and on no other terms. His name is . He took this plan to swindle me out of money, <cloth> boards, &c.